populate

verb
pop·​u·​late | \ ˈpä-pyə-ˌlāt How to pronounce populate (audio) \
populated; populating

Definition of populate

transitive verb

1 : to have a place in : occupy, inhabit
2a : to furnish or provide with inhabitants : people
b : to provide with members

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Synonyms & Antonyms for populate

Synonyms

colonize, people, settle

Antonyms

depopulate, unpeople

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Examples of populate in a Sentence

Immigrants began to populate the area in the late 19th century. Strange creatures populate the ocean depths.

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Hardest hit, unfortunately, will be those areas most populated by private colleges: New York, Pennsylvania, New England and around the Great Lakes. Allen C. Guelzo, WSJ, "America’s Disappearing Private Colleges," 21 Feb. 2019 Since the bursting of the commodity bubble in 2011, bankers and investors have predicted the thousands of small and midsize gold miners that populate this sector would merge. Ben Dummett, WSJ, "Investors Are Still Waiting for a Gold-Mining Merger Wave," 13 Mar. 2019 The gigantic dresses that populated Rodarte and Molly Goddard’s runways are camp in their own ways. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The 7 Biggest Trends of the Fall 2019 Season," 12 Mar. 2019 However complicated things seem to get for the masters of the universe who populate the world of high finance in real life, there’s very little that can compare to the exploits of hedge fund honcho Bobby Axelrod on the Showtime series Billions. The Editors, Town & Country, "Everything We Know So Far About Season 4 of Billions," 20 Dec. 2018 And also a collage of time periods, from the classical Art Deco and Victorian shapes that populate her jewelry to the contemporary artistic sensibility of the Venice Beach area. Jenni Konner, ELLE Decor, "Jewelry Designer Irene Neuwirth Takes Us Inside Her Eclectic Los Angeles Home," 13 July 2018 The Rohingya exodus has created a humanitarian crisis in Bangladesh, a small, poor country that is one of the most densely populated in the world. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Myanmar repatriates first Rohingya family despite UN warnings," 15 Apr. 2018 Probiotics are meant to encourage diversity in the microbiota populating the intestine, which helps to process the nutrients in food. Mackenzie Wagoner, Vogue, "What’s the Best Way to Cleanse? A Guide to Detoxing in 2019," 1 Jan. 2019 Kenmore Neighborhood Alliance is working alongside the city and the Knight Foundation to bring business back to the Kenmore business district by boosting walkability and bikeability while populating empty storefronts. Jennifer Conn, Akron Reporter, cleveland.com, "Kenmore Boulevard revitalization underway through zoning updates, infrastructure improvements," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of populate

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for populate

Medieval Latin populatus, past participle of populare to people, from Latin populus people

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populate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of populate

: to live in (a country, city, area, etc.) : to make up the population of (a place)

populate

verb
pop·​u·​late | \ ˈpä-pyə-ˌlāt How to pronounce populate (audio) \
populated; populating

Kids Definition of populate

1 : to live in : inhabit
2 to provide with inhabitants

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